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J Rocc, ‘Some Cold Rock Stuf’ (Stones Throw)

On his debut solo album, the legendary turntablist and mentor to blunted beatmakers everywhere transcends the hotshot instrumental hip-hop he helped innovate. “Don’t Sell Your Dream (Tonight)” swims through smoky prog rock, and “Stay Fresh” does DJ Shadow in under two minutes; “Malcolm Was Here (Part 1 + 2)” glides from angular jazz to avant rap; “Party” is a lost, loosely ethnic house-music 12-inch from the ’90s. Though there’s perfunctory beat-juggling and the comforting crackle of vinyl throughout, Some Cold Rock Stuf focuses on broken bliss-out music.

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